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Nearly Famous Heating Quotes

HeatingHelpHeatingHelp Posts: 364
edited January 7 in THE MAIN WALL

These sayings that we’ve heard in our industry throughout the years are brimming with truth and humor.

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  • MikeDurigon MikeDurigon Member Posts: 11
    One I like. What are ya building a watch
  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 14,184
    Better idiots- I like that. My favorite one is "You can't fix stupid", which I got from @Firedragon .
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc
  • SlowYourRollSlowYourRoll Member Posts: 72
    Neil Young got the album name "Rust Never Sleeps" off of the side of a contractor's truck he passed one day. They tell the story in his biography "Shakey" somewhere.
  • SlamDunkSlamDunk Member Posts: 958
    edited January 7
    Each one of those sayings could be titles to chapters in my career.

    One that I used to use but is obsolete now is, "you can't have fast, better AND cheaper at the same time." That management mantra trickled down to manufacturing from NASA but after a few inter planetary crashes, the GAO said that this management philosophy is "flawed". At the time I was a field guy for a manufacturer that did about 15-20 million in sales per year but struggled with 2+million in after sales warranty work.

    You never hear faster, better, cheaper, anymore.

  • mattmia2mattmia2 Member Posts: 2,285
    It is just called lean management or a couple iso standard numbers or whatever buzzword someone is marketing it as this month.
    SlamDunk
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Member Posts: 14,794
    One of my favourites you missed -- If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.
    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • PC7060PC7060 Member Posts: 188
    "Perfect is the enemy of good"
    HomerJSmithSlamDunk
  • HomerJSmithHomerJSmith Member Posts: 1,073
    edited January 7
    How 'bout this:

    "If the rate of evaporation exceeds the rate of drip--you don't have a leak."

    Or: "If you cut a pipe three times and it's still too short--you need a new pipe."

    Or: "We're imitators, not innovators."
  • mferrermferrer Member Posts: 26
    Measure twice, cut once.
    I never had a leak, that anybody saw.
    We're not building a watch.
    First up, best dressed.
  • 136lin136lin Member Posts: 28
    "It's not the work that's difficult, it's the customers that are difficult."

    "Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance" quoted from James Baker, (Taught to my children as "PPPPP)
  • SlamDunkSlamDunk Member Posts: 958
    "Would you stop trying to create a shuttle launch? " Also obsolete.
  • HomerJSmithHomerJSmith Member Posts: 1,073
    136lin, I heard said this way:
    "Lack of preparation leads to piss poor performance."
  • SlamDunkSlamDunk Member Posts: 958
    mattmia2 said:

    It is just called lean management or a couple iso standard numbers or whatever buzzword someone is marketing it as this month.

    Oh yeah, lean management.

    I remember someone explaining the Japanese 5S's for organization as if it were the greatest thing since cold beer.

    I told him my old man used to say: "a place for every thing and a thing for every place.- Not that original this 5S thing.
  • HomerJSmithHomerJSmith Member Posts: 1,073
    This is not too famous, but I put it on all my receipts.

    "All complaints about my work are handled by our office in Budapest."
  • ethicalpaulethicalpaul Member Posts: 2,530

    Neil Young got the album name "Rust Never Sleeps" off of the side of a contractor's truck he passed one day. They tell the story in his biography "Shakey" somewhere.

    Here's the story. He heard it from Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo who got it from Rustoleum:

    After his final performance at the Boarding House on May 28, Young collaborated with the art punk band Devo on a cacophonous version of "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" at the Different Fur studio in San Francisco and, would later introduce the song to Crazy Horse.[9] During the Different Fur studio session, Devo vocalist Mark Mothersbaugh added the lyrics "Rust never sleeps", a slogan he remembered from his graphic arts career promoting the automobile rust proofing product Rust-Oleum. Young adopted the line and used it in his Crazy Horse version of the song, as well as for the title of his album.[10]
    1 pipe Peerless 63-03L in Cedar Grove, NJ, coal > oil > NG
  • Larry WeingartenLarry Weingarten Member Posts: 2,029
    edited January 7
    I think many of the quotes come from chasing the truth, so here's my favorite quote on truth. It's best read really slowly!

    "The inquiry of truth, which is the love-making, or wooing of it, the knowledge of truth, which is the presence of it, and the belief of truth, which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of human nature."
    -- Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


    Yours, Larry
    lager
  • fastdfastd Member Posts: 8
    No one's going to take pictures of it!
    Single nuts are fine on that rack (in a mechanical room)
    And I would have to submit that Perfect is not necessarily the enemy of good>
  • HomerJSmithHomerJSmith Member Posts: 1,073
    edited January 7
    Another one??? Dang, Homer!

    "Why is there never time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over."

    garrettgjp
  • EdTheHeaterManEdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 1,557
    edited January 7
    According to my children, My customers had it good, I knew how to fix most of the problems I encountered and the customers were happy about that. The kids felt sorry for them only because of the infamous Dad Joke they had to endure that came at the end of each winter service call.

    "I hate to hEAT and run, But I have another cold customer to visit."

    :smile:
    Edward Young
    Retired HVAC Contractor from So. Jersey Shore.
    Cleaned & services first oil heating system at age 16
    Specialized in Oil Heat and Hydronics where the competition did Gas Warm Air

    If you make an expensive repair and the same problem happens, What will you check next?
    SlamDunkErin Holohan Haskellgarrettgjp
  • RickBlackfordRickBlackford Member Posts: 6
    When all is said and done, more will have been said than done.
    Solid_Fuel_ManHVACNUTHomerJSmithEdTheHeaterMan
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 15,144
    Good ones, guys. The ones in my article came from you guys about a year ago, so thanks!
    Retired and loving it.
  • PerryHolzmanPerryHolzman Member Posts: 199
    Trust me, I know what I'm doing (Alternate: I'm an expert at this)
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • lagerlager Member Posts: 17
    A little off Topic, but in the same vane
    From The Book Moral Compass
    "Long ago in Ancient Greece an aged sculptor was laboring over a block of stone. He carved with the utmost care, probing the rock with his chisel, chipping away a fragment at a time, gauging the marks with sinewy hands before making the next cut. When it was finished, the piece would be hoisted high into the air and set on top of a towering shaft, and so would become the capital, or uppermost part, of a column. And the Column would help support the roof of a lofty temple.

    A Government official who was passing by, asked the old artist. Why spend so much time and effort on a section that will sit fifty feet high, and no human eyes will be able to see those details?

    The old Artist put down his hammer and chisel, gazing steadily at his questioner, and replied: But God will see it!
    garrettgjpHomerJSmith
  • lagerlager Member Posts: 17
    Another one
    if you have heard of Jeff Bezos' Spaceflight Company "Blue Origin "
    The Company Motto is " Gradatim Ferociter" Latin for "Step by Step Ferociously".
    As Bezos says "If you're building a flying vehicle, you can't cut any corners. If you do, it's going to be an illusion that it's going to make it faster,,,,,,,,,,,,,,You have to do it step by step, but you want to do it ferociously."
    Blue Origins Mascot is a Tortoise as a lesson from the fable of the hare and the tortoise,,,,,,"slow and steady wins the race."
    Bezos' puts it another way "slow is smooth, and smooth is fast."
    Included in the Coat of arms is an houglass,,,,,,,,,,,"time is fleeting, we don't have forever."
  • lagerlager Member Posts: 17
    I was fortunate to work with a some very good mechanics and bosses in my youth.
    One who passed away in the last couple years, told me once,,,,,,,"Learn to do it right first, the speed will come!"
  • lagerlager Member Posts: 17
    Plus,,,,,,,,,,, as Miracle Max (Billy Crystal) says in Princess Bride

    "If you rush a Miracle Man,,,,,you get lousy miracles"!
    HomerJSmith
  • BillyOBillyO Member Posts: 245
    me to my helper, " Try to be smarter than the pipe"
    HVACNUT
  • Solid_Fuel_ManSolid_Fuel_Man Member Posts: 2,239
    You must have stock in copper.....
    Serving Northern Maine HVAC & Controls. I burn wood, it smells good!
  • Lyle {pheloa} CarterLyle {pheloa} Carter Member Posts: 25
    When I was an apprentice coming up, my dad always used to say, in response to a strange orders from the big bosses. ( Engineers,
    architects, clerk of the works, etc, Ours is not to reason why, ours is to do do do or die.
  • EdTheHeaterManEdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 1,557
    edited January 9
    ...Into the valley of death rode the six hundred.

    Charge of the Light Brigade ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON
    Edward Young
    Retired HVAC Contractor from So. Jersey Shore.
    Cleaned & services first oil heating system at age 16
    Specialized in Oil Heat and Hydronics where the competition did Gas Warm Air

    If you make an expensive repair and the same problem happens, What will you check next?
  • PC7060PC7060 Member Posts: 188
    ...Into the valley of death rode the six hundred. Charge of the Light Brigade ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON
    But hopefully not just yet.  ;)
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • HVACNUTHVACNUT Member Posts: 3,691
    "If you can't do it, PACK UP YOUR S**T AND GO THE F**K HOME!"
    My first boss, who became like a Dad to me.
    Nobody's gonna tell me I cant do it. 
  • lagerlager Member Posts: 17
    Heard this one also:

    "Grandma is slow,,,,,,,,,,,,,but she has an excuse,,,,,,,she is 85 !"
  • CLambCLamb Member Posts: 78
    Not a heating quote but it is all over online forums. RTFM = read the fu**ing manual.
  • PC7060PC7060 Member Posts: 188
    edited January 9
    A guy I worked for many (many) years ago was from Texas and he had a couple gems that were pretty good.
    When we were working on a job, it was generally pretty detailed and some minor issue that really didn’t impact either the workmanship or the operation would come up.  We would deal with the issue but if some one on the team still kept worrying about it, he would say “let it go, it’s just fly poo in the pepper”. 
    Another thing he would say when the customer was very enthusiastic, “they’ll be on it like a duck on a June bug! “
  • GilmorrieGilmorrie Member Posts: 130
    If you ask an engineer "what time is it?", he'll tell you how to build a watch.
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • PC7060PC7060 Member Posts: 188
    edited January 11
    Gilmorrie said:
    If you ask an engineer "what time is it?", he'll tell you how to build a watch.
    Now that’s an exaggeration. We just ask to what precision you want the answer; Zulu time is assumed. ;)
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • Larry WeingartenLarry Weingarten Member Posts: 2,029
    edited January 11
    Here are some: "Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast." ... “But men may construe things after their fashion, Clean from the purpose of the things themselves.” ... “I do but keep the peace.” ... “We cannot be here and there too.” ... “Like a man to double business bound, I stand in pause where I shall first begin. And both neglect”

    Who knew Shakespeare was an ace troubleshooter? B)

    Yours, Larry
    lager
  • hvac01453hvac01453 Member Posts: 4
    NOTHING IS SO EASY IT CAN'T BE DONE WRONG
  • hvac01453hvac01453 Member Posts: 4
    YOU CAN HAVE IT GOOD FAST AND CHEAP......PICK TWO!

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